Cynan Jones

Writer of short novels


Cynan Jones was born in 1975 near Aberaeron, Wales where he now lives and works.

He is the author of four short novels, The Long Dry (Parthian, 2006), Everything I Found on the Beach (Parthian, 2011), Bird, Blood, Snow (Seren, 2012), and most recently The Dig (Granta, 2014).

His first novel won a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award and saw the author nominated as the 2008 Hay Festival Scritture Giovani. The Dig – a chapter of which was shortlisted for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award – won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2014 and the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2015.

His work has been translated into several languages, and short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and publications including Granta and New Welsh Review. His piece A Glass of Cold Water aired as part of BBC 4’s ‘State of the Nation’ series; he has also written variously for national newspapers.

Granta Books have recently republished his first two novels, and Cove, his next, will be published in Autumn 2016.

He is currently at work on another book.

To contact the author, please get in touch with Euan Thorneycroft at A.M.Heath

“There is no doubt that Jones is one of the most talented writers in Britain.” Independent on Sunday

4 thoughts on “About

  1. ive just spent a day reading the dig a magnetic read for me im in Australia and enjoy welsh and irish writers more stories please regards rhonis mc neill

    • More stories: Irish: Donal Ryan’s “The Spinning Heart”, Claire Keegan’s “Antarctica”, Kevin Barry’s “Dark Lies the Island”; Welsh: Ron Berry’s ‘”So Long Hector Bebb”, Caradoc Prichard’s “One Moonlit Night”, Rachel Trezise’s “In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl”. For starters. All the best, C.

  2. Absolutely loved The Dig. I could see and smell all of it. Incredibly atmospheric. I’m going to get your other books now. Brilliant.

  3. Hello, Cynan. I’m catching up on my CJ reading. Much impressed. I find it interesting and paradoxical that, as a former daily newspaper reporter and sub, my inclination now is to write more, not less; to expand, not contract. There you go. I suppose it’s freedom from bondage.

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